12.14.2011 | Washington state has a high minimum wage standard that increases with the rate of inflation. This ensures full-time minimum wage workers are able to earn enough to stay above the official poverty line, which is not the case for many other states.
02.11.2011 | Someone working full time year‐round at minimum wage in Washington actually earns above the federal poverty level for a family of one or two – but it takes significantly more than a poverty level income to pay basic expenses without public assistance.
01.21.2011 | Allowing a sub-minimum wage during the first 680 hours of employment could potentially impact a large share of Washington’s workforce. It would reduce economic security and buying power for low wage working people and increase turnover, thereby adding to costs and reducing profitability for our state’s businesses.
12.91.2010 | Marilyn Watkins, Policy Director of the Economic Opportunity Institute, submitted this expert declaration on the minimum wage by request of the State of Washington. It supported the state's case, which defended Washington's automatic COLA against a lawsuit brought by corporate interests.
09.15.2010 | This letter is intended as a resource for states whose minimum wage is tied to an automatic cost-of-living adjustment. When the Department of Labor and Industries questioned Washington's automatic COLA for 2011, EOI responded with this argument, which was later supported by a judge in Kittitas County court.
08.01.2006 | Reviews the negative impact of House Resolution 5970 on Washington's minimum wage law. Full Report »
01.02.2004 | Critics of Washington's groundbreaking minimum wage law have repeatedly pointed to our state's relatively high minimum wage as a cause of our higher than average unemployment rate. However, the data do not support a causal connection. The United States as a whole and Washington state have continued to lose jobs since the official end of the recession in November 2001, but Washington has lost jobs at a lower rate than the national average. Key Findings » Full Report »
02.01.2003 | Frequently asked questions about Washington's minimum wage law. Fact Sheet »
01.02.2003 | In effect for four years and through times of economic growth and decline, the minimum wage law has had a significant impact on the income of the state's lowest-paid workers and has had no significant impact on job or business growth. Full Report »
09.01.2001 | Wider Opportunities for Women | Even though many families are not poor according to the official poverty measure, their incomes are inadequate. But what is adequate income—and how does this amount vary among different family types and different places? To answer that question we have a new measure of income adequacy, the Self-Sufficiency Standard. Full Report »
02.01.2001 | Prepared in response to position papers opposing Initiative 688, authored by the National Federation of Independent Business/Washington (NFIB) and the Washington Restaurant Association (WRA). (First prepared in October 1998; updated in January 2001). Full Report »
02.01.2001 | Reviews questions and answers about Washington's minimum wage law. Full Report »
10.01.1998 | Two-thirds of the electorate supported an initiative to increase Washington's minimum wage, making it the most popular ballot issue that year. Indeed, the minimum wage initiative was the only initiative to win in every single county in the state. Full Report »
10.01.1998 | David Macpherson produced a study entitled "The Effects of the Proposed 1999-2000 Washington Minimum Wage Increase" for the Employment Policies Institute. While the summary and body of the study are useful for the propaganda purposes of the opponents to the minimum wage increase, the data in the appendices undermine their own arguments regarding who the minimum wage will benefit. Full Report »
10.01.1998 | Opponents of the proposed increase in the minimum wage assert that raising the minimum wage will result in lost jobs and lost job opportunities. This is an old argument which may correspond with neoclassical economic theory, but which is not related to the reality of minimum wage increases. Full Report »
09.01.1998 | Initiative 688, the Paycheck Protection Act, is a ballot measure in Washington State that will increase the minimum wage to $5.70 per hour on January 1, 1999 and to $6.50 per hour on January 1, 2000. Thereafter, the minimum wage will be adjusted annually by the rate of inflation. An increase in the minimum wage will be a key step in bringing low income workers into the middle class. Full Report »
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